Kinder shuts out Iota
By: Jeannine LeJeune
IOTA – The last time the Iota Bulldogs were in a shutout, was Week 2 versus the St. Edmund Blue Jays when they lost 26-0.
This week would end up almost exactly the same. A 25-0 loss brought about by big plays by the Kinder Yellow Jackets and self-imposed drive stops by the Bulldogs.
With the win Kinder moved to 3-3, overall, and 1-1 in district 5-2A, while the Bulldogs moved to 2-4, 1-2.
Iota started the game with a lengthy drive, but a false start penalty on fourth and two killed Iota’s momentum and the Bulldogs issues with not finishing drives would begin again. Iota Head Coach Marcus LeJeune said earlier in the week how important it would be to finish drives if they were to win this week and the remainder of the season. But three big plays accounted for 18 of Kinder’s 25 points on the night
“We were taking it to them all night, but those big plays hurt us” he said. “You have to make those plays, and you have to take it to (the other team) each play.”
But the Bulldogs were still in it through the first quarter with each team being forced to punt it twice and ending the quarter scoreless.
In the second quarter, however, Iota’s defense became the playmakers and, yet allowed two key big plays on third and 22 and third and 16, respectively. Kinder entered the half up 12-0.
“We still had a good shot coming out of the half,” said LeJeune. “We had them early on, but we just didn’t take advantage of it.”
Kinder also did not do themselves many favors after racking up penalties throughout the night. The Yellow Jackets finished with seven penalties and 75 penalty yards. Four of Kinder’s penalties came at the hands of offensive holding. Iota, meanwhile, finished the night with five penalties and 50 yards. Iota also had three holding penalties of its own Friday night.
Iota continued to struggle to find continuity on offense and the end zone. Iota has not scored an offensive touchdown in the last three games and has only scored 10 points in as much time.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by Ethan Navarre, who had 11 carries for 22 yards; Phillip Reed, who gained 6 on 34 carries; and Thomas Murrell, who rushed for 38 yards on 12 carries and went four of nine with an interception, with an interception and 31 yards.
“We struggled,” said LeJeune. “We blocked well, but they played harder. They had the lead and they continued to play harder.”
Meanwhile, the big play threat remained in the third quarter and after forcing Kinder to another third and long, the Yellow Jackets picked up the first down and continued on to another touchdown-scoring drive.
Iota’s defense had several highlights during the night though with an interception on a pass intended to increase Kinder’s lead to 14 points as well as putting pressure on the Yellow Jackets quarterback, Blake Trahan, throughout the game.
“It was a tough game,” said LeJeune. “We played hard. I’m not going to discredit our guys, they played really hard.
“It didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, but we didn’t quit.”
Kinder was led by several running backs including sophomore Marshal Harmon. Harmon had eight carries for 119 yards, 89 of which came from an 89-yard draw play that led to the first score of the night.